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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is known for its tremendous healing benefits. It's a powerful natural health food and remedy. Historically, ginger is one of the best herbs for joint health due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to protecting the joints, ginger also has many other health benefits. I first began using ginger when I was diagnosed with IBS, back in 2000. I drank ginger tea and would chew on a yummy piece of crystallized ginger to calm my stomach. I still use it to this day on a consistent basis to help my belly. As spicy as it may be, its taste has become so comforting to me because I know how much it's going to help warm and heal my tummy!

It is known to:

- treat nausea

- aid digestion

- relieve spasms and menstrual cramps

- regulate blood sugar by stimulating the pancreas

- increase circulation (so its great for cold hands and feet!)

- reduce inflammation

How to incorporate ginger into diet:

- The ginger root can be freshly grated and used in cooking.

- Grated ginger root mixed with diluted lime juice can help to soothe the digestive tract and treat stomach pain.

- To treat arthritis, ginger oil can be massaged into the area of pain.

- Steep fresh ginger tea.



4 cups of water

2-inch piece of fresh ginger root

honey (optional)

dash of cardamom


Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey if you prefer a sweeter taste.


Keep it fresh!
- Lauren